Noncontact temperature measurement is a key process metric in many industries, but there are many factors that influence accurate temperature measurement from a pyrometer. Here we look at the common influences on inaccurate temperature measurement.
In a recently announced deal that occurred last year, Forged Components Inc. (FCI) of Humble, Texas, acquired hammer-forge and heat-treatment facilities from Houston-based Forge USA. This added eight additional heat-treatment furnaces to FCI's existing furnaces located at its Humble and Navasota, Texas, forging locations. The acquisition, which also included a 16,000-pound polymer quench tank and 30,000-pound water quench tank, has added 300,000 pounds of heat-treating capacity to FCI’s Humble and Navasota sites.
Residual stresses are inherently introduced to forged products during their deformation. These stresses influence the integrity of load-bearing parts. Their effects depend on their nature (tensile or compressive), location and magnitude.
Simulation in the forging business has numerous advantages. Increasingly, manufacturing companies are acquiring state-of-the-art software products so that they are able to understand, discuss and digitally represent a customer's design and engineering needs.
The new advanced quench-and-temper facility (AQTF) heat-treatment line supplied by SMS group to TimkenSteel at its Gambrinus Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, commenced full commercial production. Extensive testing was successfully completed in November 2017. The line is able to treat 10 tons per hour of bars and heavy-walled tubes up to 13 inches in diameter.
In any manufacturing process involving a kiln or furnace, the need for consistency is key to ensuring right-first-time components, whether this applies to processing temperatures, atmospheric content or the overall firing process.
Under certain circumstances, hybrid heating using both gas and induction furnaces can be desirable and cost-effective. The issue of whether to use induction followed by gas heating or gas heating followed by induction is considered here.
Check out the December 2018 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story that showcases Weber Metals' New 60,000-Ton Hydraulic Press. Other features include "California Hosts 32nd FIERF Technical Conference", "HDPE Cooling Towers Take the Heat", and much more.